[SydPhil] Reminder: Deb Brown (University of Queensland) @ Wed 15 May 2013 15:30 - 17:30 (Seminars)
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Title: Deb Brown (University of Queensland)
The status of animals posed special problems for those thinkers of the
seventeenth century ambitious enough to put Scholasticism behind them. One
problem was that the Scholastic idea that the soul was the substantial form
and organising principle of matter in organic bodies had no place in the
new physics, leaving it an open question how the unity and integrity of
organic matter was to be explained. Another problem related to a residual
commitment to the medieval idea that a thing just is its parts, which made
it difficult to account for how anything, like an animal, grows or
undergoes replacement of its parts. This paper looks at how two thinkers of
the period, Hobbes and Descartes, responded to some of these challenges and
how, therefore, Beulah the cow came to be thought of as anything at all.
When: Wed 15 May 2013 15:30 – 17:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: S401, Level 4, via Lobby B (or Southern Vestibule), Quadrangle
Building, University Place, The University of Sydney.
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